On 29th May, 2020, ZF acquired WABCO Holdings Inc. With the integration of WABCO, the leading global supplier of braking control systems and other advanced technologies that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles ZF will create a new level of capability to pioneer the next generation of solutions and services for original equipment manufacturers and fleets globally. WABCO, with almost 15,000 people in 40 locations worldwide, will now operate under the ZF brand as its new Commercial Vehicle Control Systems division.
The two companies that operated independently during 2019 achieved combined sales in excess of 39 billion.
WABCO continues to deliver a world of difference through the innovative technologies, global connectivity and service excellence that the company offers to customers.
We bring a world of difference to vehicle safety and efficiency through intelligent technologies. For several decades, WABCO engineering has delivered the most breakthrough innovations in braking, stability and transmission automation systems for trucks, buses and trailers.
WABCO has pioneered the overwhelming majority of commercial vehicle industry firsts:
- 2016: Breakthrough OnCity™ Urban Turning Assist system, the Company's technology engineered for trucks, buses and tractor-trailers to help protect pedestrians and cyclists in city traffic
- 2016: Breakthrough collision avoidance technology for commercial vehicles jointly developed with ZF, the Evasive Maneuver Assist (EMA) combines WABCO's world-class braking, stability and vehicle dynamics control systems on trucks and trailers with ZF's top active steering technology—an industry first
- 2016: First door lock control technology (OptiLock™) that provides high security locking systems for trailers and container doors seamlessly connected with telematics systems
- 2014: First technology (OptiLink™) that provides a single user interface via a mobile device, such as a smartphone, to monitor and control multiple functions on both the truck and trailer
- 2014: First modular braking system platform (mBSP™) that enables vehicle makers to interchangeably equip their truck and bus platforms with either ABS or electronic braking systems (EBS) anywhere in the world
- 2014: First technology (TX-TRAILERGUARD™) that provides comprehensive operating data on the performance of the truck, trailer and driver in a single integrated real-time view
- 2012: First electronic braking system (EBS) for hybrid-driven trucks and buses
- 2012: First hydraulic anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic stability control (ESC) for medium duty commercial vehicles
- 2011: First adaptive cruise control (ACC) on a commercial vehicle in China
- 2010: First advanced emergency braking system (AEBS) in compliance with the European Union’s expected regulation
- 2009: First simulation system for electronic stability control (ESC) homologation
- 2008: First autonomous emergency braking system (AEBS)
- 2007: First collision mitigation system (CMS) with active braking
- 2001: First electronic stability control (ESC) system
- 1996: First electronic braking system (EBS)
- 1986: First automated manual transmission (AMT) system
- 1986: First electronically controlled air suspension (ECAS) system
- 1981: First anti-lock braking system (ABS)
WABCO’s ability to innovate is powered by more than 2,500 employees working in engineering and product development. Global engineering hubs are located in Germany, Poland, India and the United States.
WABCO is the only commercial vehicle industry supplier that operates 3 privately owned test tracks:
− Rovaniemi test track (Finland) at the Arctic Circle – opened in 1988
− Erich Reinecke test track (Germany) near Hanover – opened in 1995
− Chennai test track (India) – opened in 2001